2022-2026 electoral district map

Electoral District of Chaffey (PDF, 1.3MB)

Features of the district


This vast district is situated in the rural hinterland of eastern South Australia, with the state borders of New South Wales and Victoria forming its boundary to the east. It covers the Riverland region of the state, including the towns of Berri, Barmera, Loxton, Renmark and Waikerie.


Approximately 30,123.9 km2


Chaffey incorporates the Berri Barmera Council, Renmark Paringa Council, the District Council of Karoonda East Murray, the District Council of Loxton Waikerie and UIA Riverland. It also includes part of the Mid Murray Council and parts of the Pastoral Unincorporated Area. Notable localities within its boundaries include Berri, Blanchetown, Cadell Karoonda, Loxton, Morgan, Renmark, Sedan, Swan Reach and Waikerie.

This list is indicative only.


The district was created at the 1936 redistribution of boundaries and first contested and represented in 1938.

Origin of the name

The district is named after the Canadian-born brothers George and William Chaffey who came to Australia in 1886 and developed irrigation colonies in South Australia and Victoria, including Renmark and Mildura. The Chaffeys’ principles of irrigation engineering had far-reaching effects, allowing orchards, vineyards and vegetable crops to be grown in the River Murray area.

Key boundary changes following the 2020 redistribution

Chaffey gains the District Council of Karoonda East Murray (incorporating numerous localities including Bakara and Mindarie) and a portion of Mid Murray Council (incorporating numerous localities including Teal Flat and Younghusband, a portion of the locality of Mannum and the remainder of the locality of Bowhill).

For full details see the 2020 Report of the Electoral Districts Boundaries Commission (PDF, 1.6MB)

Representation and results

Members since introduction of single member representation in 1938
William MacGillivray IND 1938–1956
Harold W. King LCL 1956–1962
Arthur R. Curren ALP 1962–1968
Peter B. Arnold LCL 1968–1970
Arthur R. Curren ALP 1970–1973
Peter B. Arnold LCL/LIB 1973–1993
Kent A. Andrew LIB 1993–1997
Karlene A. Maywald NAT 1997–2010
Timothy J. Whetstone LIB 2010–present

Election results